ESPN Takes Monday Night


Rebounding from its least-viewed telecast the week before, the Monday Night Football match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears ruled the TV night.

The Dec. 17 contest tackled a 9.5 household rating, 8.12 million homes and almost 11.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The game marked the fourth time during the 2007 NFL season that MNF was the most-watched network in all of TV (Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Dec. 3), according to ESPN officials.

Minnesota’s 20-13 triumph also helped ESPN lead every TV networks, whether broadcast or cable, in the primetime delivery of the key male demos -- men 18 to 34,18 to 49 and 25 to 54 -- as the total sports network has each Monday night this season. The game also topped these key adult demo groups: persons 18 to 34, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54. 

The Dec. 10 New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons contest drew just 8.45 million watchers, the franchise's lowest total on ESPN.